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8 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Hidalgo County

The COVID-19 hospitalization count in Hidalgo County remained static on Wednesday as officials with the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department reported eight more deaths and 284 new positive cases related to COVID-19, the county announced Thursday.

This brings the total number of reported COVID-19 deaths in the county to 1,914 and 34,799 known positive cases of the disease. 2,475 remain active, according to the county.

In a statement, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said a continued rise in the number of new cases and deaths led to amended emergency orders that went into effect today.

“Door-to-door Halloween won’t happen this year because I feel compelled, after speaking with local health experts and mayors, to protect our kids from exposure to this virus. My condolences go out to the family and friends of those who have died,” Cortez said.

172 people remain in area hospitals with COVID-19 complications and 68 of those are being treated in intensive care units.

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